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Grateful Dead Live at Academy of Music on 1972-03-21




Set 1

Bertha
Black Throated Wind
Sugaree
Next Time You See Me
Greatest Story Ever Told
Loser
Mr. Charlie
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
Playing In The Band
You Win Again
Cumberland Blues
Chinatown Shuffle
El Paso
Good Lovin' ->
Casey Jones

Set 2

Truckin' ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)
Ramble On Rose
Me And My Uncle
Big Railroad Blues
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date March 21, 1972
Venue Academy of Music
Location New York, NY

Source SBD -> Master Reel
Lineage Master Reel -> Apogee AD500 -> Dat/0 (48k) -> Dat (Sony D8) -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC
Taped by Unknown
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Notes

Notes:
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Tuning tracks added for disc change purposes
-- Mix problems in Bertha
-- Cut during intro to Chinatown Shuffle
-- Hundreds of flaws removed, but some may still remain
-- There is a bad hum from a grounding issue that eventually gets fixed
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats

Reviews

Reviewer: Mr. Insight - - November 20, 2014
Subject: Playin'Jam
Far as I can tell, the last PITB before this was Winterland on Jan. 2. It runs a bit over 6:00, making this the first truly extended Playin' jam where they go unbridled stratospheric after the first set of vocal verses. In case, like me, you've ever wondered.
Reviewer: Chris U. - - May 1, 2014
Subject: Pedal steel
Jerry's just all over that LLR. Nice! Likewise with that wah on Greatest Story.
Reviewer: cake1979 - - May 1, 2014
Subject: Pig is in the house!
Is that Pigpen I hear doing background vocals on Ramble on Rose? Plus there's a nice harp on Big Railroad Blues. Always thought that Ron sort of faded out in the second sets towards the end. Guess he was feeling good in the run-up to Europe. I love it! As another reviewer said, I normally don't download anything after the summer of '72. They were still a great band, but I can't get over the missing piece.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - December 13, 2012
Subject: Great run, want to hear more
Much of this run at the Academy of music is missing from archive (or are represented by some rough auds). Some great music to heard for sure. I like 3-23's performance better but this show is no slouch with a top-10 Cumberland and a really nice OO and Truckin'.
Reviewer: rrschwz28 - - August 16, 2012
Subject: Also...
Fabulous PITB, top-ten Cumberland. And Truckin' is great - you can actually hear Pigpen's organ!

The spring of '72 is Ron's swan song - he seems to lose energy by the second set. And then...he was gone.

I rarely download anything past the summer of '72, when he played his last show.
Reviewer: BVD - - August 16, 2012
Subject: No Turning Back Now!
Only my 2nd set of shows. First one a few mos. earlier at The Felt Forum 12/71. Sta in the orchestra at the funky-far-out Academy of Music. Mirrored ball twisting and turning during TOO and when the boys ventured into deep space. Love these Academy shows. After these ther was no turning back. My seat was secured on the bus! Check out the stand alone Dark Star a few nights later. 3/23/if memory serves.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - - June 28, 2011
Subject: love this show
Love this show, love this venue and love that year. And really, really love the Grateful Dead! Just finished Phil's "Searching For The Sound", so I'm feeling a little melancholy about our favorite band and our favorite lead guitarist.

Black Throated Wind is great, and Jerry's wah-wah on Greatest Story is a joy.

This is five stars from start to finish.
Reviewer: eaglessoar - - March 22, 2011
Subject: solid 72
can definitely hear the changes coming over the band coming out of 71, great loaded 72 show here, only problems are it buzzes throughout, mostly in the beginning, are there any better sources?

other than the buzz, which is bearable, this is a super show, tenn jed stands out in my memory but all songs were played well and enjoyable, love the tunes! good lovin > casey great end to first set too
Reviewer: hampton87 - - January 1, 2011
Subject: sound mix
the beginning mix seems to have bobby really in front with jerry's guitar invisible. jerry's voice is low. but as the notes state that the mix is off in the beginning. the tuning between bertha and balck throated wind, bob says something like 'what we have here is a case of new stings' btw sounds tight. the mixing with bob still higher than jerry. his voice sonds great but is his gutiar still suffeing from a case of new strings? on my eq i put the bass really high, phil rocks.
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - - December 13, 2010
Subject: snojon's question
Snojon, I always wondered that my self. It seems like after 1978 the audio quality of most of these shows is not as good as shows from the early 70s and even some from the 60s. I guess though, its a good thing as those 70s shows are Smokin
Reviewer: BoSox Yacht - - August 9, 2010
Subject: SnoochieBoochies
I've always loved LLR when Bobby didn't get too cheesy.
Reviewer: snoochieboochies - - August 9, 2010
Subject: bosox yacht/LLr
amen, brother!
Reviewer: Tomapella - - December 22, 2009
Subject: Great show after initial problems
One thing though, either the stream or the printed setlist has Chinatown Shuffle and Next Time You See Me switched around.
Reviewer: snojon - - June 21, 2009
Subject: great early renditions
this show clearly shows a band in transition.
very interesting to listen to these songs in the early developmental stages. this is a band that was always evolving, and during the time period of this show, they were evolving on a nightly basis. I'm lucky to have stumbled across this show in the archives

One thing though I could never figure out though.
Why do these early 70's recordings sometimes have a better sound quality than some of the shows from the 90's. Did the technology get worst?
Reviewer: Dylan M - - August 12, 2008
Subject: Phil Sings on LLRain
Wow. these baby renditions never cease to amaze me.
Reviewer: justoldalph - - August 3, 2008
Subject: Here's the first set and crystal clear
after some initial mixing problems and the mentioned hum, tis show is the dress rehearsal for the Europe Tour. All the groundwork laid in autumn 1971 blooms here and the band is cooking. A lot of the blues tunes have a barroom band feel to them, a sound they lost along the way. But Next Time You See Me, You Win Again, Cumberland Blues and Big RR Blues sound like a Saturday night at a honky tonk. And that is a good thing! Pigpen? At this stage of his life he is balling!
Reviewer: gratefuldiz - - July 11, 2008
Subject: pedal steel
LLR humble steel treat!
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